DOCTOR WHO: COMIC STRIP VILLAINS PLUS BEHIND THE SCENES SIDESHOW FOR 2023?
Doctor Who 1980s comic strip villains 'Beep The Meep' and 'Wrarth Warriors' are set to appear alongside David Tennant when he returns to sci-fi series next year to celebrate the franchise's 60th anniversary, according to reports.
A 'tv source' told The Mirror: "He (Russell T. Davies) has tapped into the novels and audio adventures, adapting them for TV. It’s no surprise he’s looked to the comics, as Beep the Meep was one of the most popular creations."
Another source told The Mirror: "Younger viewers will love Beep – he appears to be meek and cute, but he’s as deadly as a Dalek or a Cyberman."
Elsewhere, it's widely reported that a behind-the-scenes sideshow has been commissioned for BBC Three, similar to Doctor Who Confidential which ran until 2012. The show will reportedly be titled 'Doctor Who: Unleashed' and fronted by BBC radio presenter Steffan Powell.
The BBC declined to comment when approached by TV Zone about 'Doctor Who: Unleashed'.
The 60th anniversary celebrations will see the return of one of the most loved pairings in Doctor Who’s history, David Tennant's Doctor and Catherine Tate's Donna Noble.
The Doctor and Donna parted ways when the Doctor had to wipe Donna's memory, making her forget him, in order to save her life. He left her family with a warning: if ever she remembers, she will die. But with the two coming face to face once more, the big question is, just what brings the Doctor and Donna back together?
Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney will appear alongside them as 'Rose' - widely reported to be Donna's (Catherine Tate) daughter.
Plus, somewhere somehow, the brand new Doctor Ncuti Gatwa is set to make his debut in 2023. Ncuti is best known for his critically acclaimed performance in Sex Education as the iconic Eric Effiong, for which he was awarded Best Actor Award at the Scottish BAFTAs in 2020 as well as numerous nominations, including Best Male Performance in a comedy programme at this year’s BAFTAs.
And if that's not enough, Doctor Who will next air this Autumn in a feature length special as part of the BBC's centenary celebrations. The episode will be the final for Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor, and will see villains The Daleks, The Cybermen and The Master return alongside classic era companions Ace and Tegan. Watch the trailer below.
Further details will be announced in due course. Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.